Trivia : Defense related

The British government was spooked back in 1935. Not because of Hitler’s air force or his infantry. It was newspaper reports that the Nazis might have a super-weapon that could incinerate living tissue or detonate a bomb at long distance. A “death ray,” the reports called it.

Flooded by letters begging for a response, the British Air Ministry asked prominent physicist Robert Watson-Watt to see if a radio-wave-based death ray was feasible.

Within ten days Watson-Watt reported that such a weapon was unlikely. But using radio waves to locate an approaching bomber was a real possibility. And that’s how radar was born.

Now, seventy years later, the invention may be coming full circle, Aviation Week reports.